Nuclear Programme

  • Iran's president appoints Valiollah Seif as the new head of central bank 26-08-2013 03:39 AM

    Iranian state television says that the country's president has appointed a private banker as the head of the country's central bank. The report on Sunday said President Hasan Rouhani picked Valiollah Seif to run the country's financial regulator. It said Seif will replace outgoing central bank head Mahmoud Bahmani. Seif...
  • Oman's Sultan Qaboos on Tehran visit, US-Iran mediation in focus 26-08-2013 02:46 AM

    Oman's Sultan Qaboos on Sunday began the first visit to Iran by a foreign leader since moderate President Hassan Rouhani took office and Iranian media said his trip might be an effort to mediate between Tehran and Washington. Oman, a Gulf Arab state that maintains unusually friendly ties with both...
  • Iran's leader reaches out to US, vows to resolve nuclear row 07-08-2013 06:25 AM

    Iran's incoming President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday offered an olive branch to the United States in talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, raising hopes of progress after years of stalemate. Rouhani, seen in the West as a relatively moderate leader, told his first news conference since taking the oath on...
  • Iran's leader reaches out to US, vows push to resolve nuclear row 06-08-2013 10:38 PM

    Dubai: Iran's incoming President Hassan Rouhani used his first press conference on Tuesday to offer an olive branch to the United States in protracted talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, raising hopes of progress after years of stalemate. Rouhani, seen in the West as a relatively moderate leader, said he...
  • For the first time US slaps sanction on Iran's currency 04-06-2013 12:16 PM

    Washington: The US has slapped new sanctions on Iran for the third time in a week, targetting the country's already-devalued currency and automobile industry, as it pressured Tehran to abandon its nuclear programme. This is the first time the US has directly targeted the Iranian currency as the sanctions include...
  • Powers, Iran fail to end nuclear stalemate in Almaty talks 07-04-2013 06:45 AM

    Almaty: World powers and Iran failed again to ease their decade-old dispute over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme in talks that ended on Saturday, prolonging a stand-off that risks spiralling into a new Middle East war. The lack of a breakthrough in the two-day meeting in Kazakhstan aimed at easing international...
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  • Iran reports nuclear progress as sanctions loom 02-01-2012 10:10 AM

    Tehran: Iran announced a nuclear fuel breakthrough and test-fired a new radar-evading medium-range missile in the Gulf on Sunday, moves that could further antagonize the West at a time when Tehran is trying to avert harsh new sanctions on its oil industry. US President Barack Obama signed a law on...
  • Iran tests own N fuel rod, missiles near Hormuz 02-01-2012 09:33 AM

    New Delhi: The West's worst nightmare came true on Sunday as Iran tested its first domestically produced nuclear fuel rod and its missiles near the Strait of Hormuz. ...
  • Iran says it's produced first nuclear fuel rod 01-01-2012 11:30 PM

    Tehran: Iranian scientists have produced the nation's first nuclear fuel rod, a feat of engineering the West has doubted Tehran capable of, the country's nuclear agency said on Sunday. The announcement marks another step in Tehran's efforts to achieve proficiency in the entire nuclear fuel cycle - from exploring uranium...
  • Iran threatens to stop Gulf oil if sanctions widened 28-12-2011 05:27 AM

    Tehran: Iran threatened on Tuesday to stop the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz if foreign sanctions were imposed on its crude exports over its nuclear ambitions, a move that could trigger military conflict with economies dependent on Gulf oil. Western tensions with Iran have increased since a...
  • Pak ex-FM Qureshi slams govt's nuclear policy 25-12-2011 11:51 PM

    Islamabad: Former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the government's handling of Pakistan's nuclear programme, claiming President Asif Ali Zardari's statement on "no first use" of atomic weapons against India had undermined national security. Qureshi, who recently joined Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, contended...
  • Dubai ruler believes Iran won't get nuclear arms 07-12-2011 04:02 AM

    Dubai: Dubai's ruler said he does not believe Iran will get nuclear weapons, despite Western suspicions that it is trying to develop them, saying the Islamic republic would face devastation if it ever used an atomic bomb against its arch-enemy Israel. Iran insists its nuclear programme is peaceful but a...
  • Australia expands sanctions against Iran 06-12-2011 11:00 AM

    Melbourne: Australian Government has expanded sanctions against Iran in response to its continued non-compliance with UN Security Council resolution on its nuclear programme. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said in a statement on Monday that the measures will target people and companies involved in Iran's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes and...
  • Iran says new sanctions from West 'in vain' 23-11-2011 12:27 AM

    Tehran: Iran dismissed a new wave of sanctions on Tuesday, saying the West's attempts to isolate its economy would only serve to unite Iranians behind their government's nuclear programme. The United States, Britain and Canada announced new measures against Iran's energy and financial sectors on Monday and France proposed "unprecedented"...
  • UK orders banks to halt Iran business 22-11-2011 03:06 AM

    London: Britain ordered its financial institutions on Monday to halt all business with Iranian counterparts, including the central bank, and the United States is also expected to tighten sanctions over Tehran's nuclear programme. The British move however will not target trade in Iranian oil, a source familiar with the sanctions...
  • 'IAEA resolution not to stop Iran's nuclear programme' 20-11-2011 09:03 AM

    Tehran: Iran will not stop its nuclear programme following the resolution adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Xinhua reported Iranian officials as saying. The IAEA board on Friday adopted a resolution on Iran's disputed nuclear programme, calling for intensified dialogue to find solutions to unresolved issues. While voicing...
  • IAEA resolution sends unified message to Iran: US 19-11-2011 11:59 AM

    Washington: The United States has said that the IAEA resolution that holds Iran accountable for its failure to cooperate on its nuclear programme sends a strong and unified message to Tehran. "The world has sent a clear and unified message to Tehran that it is deeply troubled by the evidence...
  • Big power unity on Iran at stake at UN N-meet 16-11-2011 03:58 AM

    Vienna: Western states will try this week to overcome divisions with Russia over a UN nuclear report on Iran, hoping to show big power unity that will pile pressure on Tehran to address growing fears that it wants atomic bombs. But Western diplomats fear they may have to choose between...
  • Russia terms IAEA report on Iran 'biased' 10-11-2011 02:29 AM

    Moscow: Russia has lashed out at the IAEA's latest report on Iran, saying it undermines the international effort to defuse tension around the Islamic republic's nuclear programme and holds it guilty without cause. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report does not contain any new data but is "a compilation...
  • Iran missile training, says ready against enemy 27-06-2011 03:16 PM

    Tehran: Iran's Revolutionary Guards began a 10-day missile training exercise on Monday "to preserve its readiness against enemy strikes," a veiled reference to attacks the United States and Israel have refused to ruled out to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. "The war games, dubbed 'Great Prophet 6', include the...